Notification of charges laid against Mr. Jared Jock under the Food and Drugs Act

March 20, 2019, Ottawa – As the result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), one charge was laid under the Food and Drugs Act against Mr. Jared Jock on March 14, 2019, of Akwesasne, New York, United States of America.

On April 6, 2018, the Cornwall Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Mr. Jock with possession of unlawfully imported frozen chicken under section 160 of the Customs Act, and the unlawful possession of an imported meat product in Canada under section 9(1) of the Meat Inspection Act.

In cooperation with the RCMP and a Federal Crown Prosecutor, CFIA further alleges that Mr. Jock was in possession of 57 boxes of meat products weighing approximately 977 kg that were labelled, packaged, treated, processed, sold or advertised in a manner that was false. This is a violation of section 5(1) of the Food and Drugs Act.

Section 5(1): No person shall label, package, treat, process, sell or advertise any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety.

Mr. Jock appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice, at 29 Second Street West, Cornwall, Ontario at 9:00 am on March 19, 2019.

CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Food and Drugs Act. We are dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhance the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.

CFIA issues notifications of charges laid to inform the public when charges have been laid by CFIA's Enforcement and Investigation Services (EIS). Charges are laid by EIS after the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) decides to prosecute the charges. This notice is part of our commitment to openness and transparency, and ongoing efforts to increase awareness of our role in encouraging compliance with the various acts and regulations. In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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